The BEST episodes directed by Yoshihisa Matsumoto

The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 9 - Attack and Defense
77 votes

#1 - The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 9 - Attack and Defense

When They Cry - Higurashi - Season 2 - Episode 22

Upon discovering that Tomitake has been captured, Irie rushes to escape and ends up meeting Shion and her bodyguard, Kasai, on their way to the Sonozaki Estate. Little do they know, they're being followed...

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I Just Love Her
57 votes

#2 - I Just Love Her

Fruits Basket (2019) - Season 3 - Episode 10

After a fight, Yuki and Kyo each figure out what they want to do next.

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It Was So Foolish
57 votes

#3 - It Was So Foolish

Fruits Basket (2019) - Season 3 - Episode 6

Kyo is thinking about the past. Tohru is thinking about the future. But they're both thinking about each other.

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Breaking the Seal
166 votes

#4 - Breaking the Seal

Black Clover - Season 1 - Episode 117

The strange little black bird Nero, who kept following Asta around, suddenly appears before Finral, who had just finished fighting with his brother Langris, and demands that he take them to the Demon’s bones back in Hage Village. Finral is obviously startled that Nero’s suddenly speaking human words but obliges and takes Nero to the bones and witnesses an unbelievable sight. We will finally find out the true events that befell the elves 500 years ago! Meanwhile, back at the Shadow Palace, the devil’s eerie magic fills the room.

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...It's Good...
92 votes

#5 - ...It's Good...

Nogizaka Haruka's Secret - Season 2 - Episode 5

Yuuto is invited to the annual encounter of maids and butlers due to his one week job at the Tennouji household. Yuuto is introduced to the rest of the Nogizaka family's maids and enjoys the party alongside Alice, until the arrival of Shute Sutherland, the same rich boy who caused him trouble during Haruka's birthday party, and because of it was ordered by his father to work as a butler for a while as a lesson in humility. After having his suit accidentally dirtied by Alice, Shute shouts at her and states how the butlers and maids at the party are inferior beings. However, Yuuto stands to protect Alice, and with Shute's father's approval, he and his lackeys are given the proper punishment by the members of the gathering. Yuuto is complimented by the other guests, and Alice mutters some words of thanks to him.

The Changing Battlefield
227 votes

#6 - The Changing Battlefield

Log Horizon - Season 2 - Episode 9

On Christmas Eve, Shiroe and the other members are fighting the level 97 boss monster "Luseat of the Seventh Garden." But two more boss monsters appear in the middle of the battle, and they are overwhelmed. Shiroe is caught in the fires of "Ibrahabra of the Third Garden"...

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It's Cinderella-ish
61 votes

#7 - It's Cinderella-ish

Fruits Basket (2019) - Season 2 - Episode 23

Tohru’s class puts on an unconventional retelling of Cinderella at the school culture festival.

An Enemy From The Past, Teppa Azien
115 votes

#8 - An Enemy From The Past, Teppa Azien

Grenadier - Season 1 - Episode 8

Another one of the Joutensen attacks, and this time it's a childhood friend of Rushuna's.

The Abyssal Shaft
200 votes

#9 - The Abyssal Shaft

Log Horizon - Season 2 - Episode 3

Shiroe and his friends have come to the Depths of Palm to reach the Sacrifice Clan's gold. The underground labyrinth is filled with powerful monsters that wear them down in a war of attrition. Meanwhile, Akihabara, Akatsuki hears about the "Teachings". She's very interested to know that by completing a high level raid, she can greatly improve the level of her techniques.

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That's an Unwavering Truth
52 votes

#10 - That's an Unwavering Truth

Fruits Basket (2019) - Season 3 - Episode 2

Tohru isn't sure who to talk to, or how many secrets to keep. Meanwhile, one of Shigure's secrets begins coming to light.

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The Red Night
195 votes

#11 - The Red Night

Log Horizon - Season 2 - Episode 19

A massive flock of wyverns suddenly attacks the town of Saphir! The party tries their best to protect the town, but the Odyssey knights are constantly flinging themselves to their deaths. Meanwhile, Roe-2 looks at the brutal combat and doesn't even blink an eye...

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Calm Down, Two Men
381 votes

#12 - Calm Down, Two Men

Black Lagoon - Season 1 - Episode 7

Sensing that his two employees need to deal with their conflicts, Dutch assigns Rock to go into town and deal with some errands concerning different deliveries. But Rock is required to take Revy along with him, and it becomes questionable whether Rock and Revy will be able to deal with each other without someone dying on the way.

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All Mine
69 votes

#13 - All Mine

Fruits Basket (2019) - Season 2 - Episode 11

Tohru and the Somas return from their trip and Kagura invites Kyo on a date for some serious talk.

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You Will, I'm Sure of It
63 votes

#14 - You Will, I'm Sure of It

Fruits Basket (2019) - Season 2 - Episode 17

Tohru and her classmates are in Kyoto for their school trip to create some lifelong memories.

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A New Journey
200 votes

#15 - A New Journey

Log Horizon - Season 2 - Episode 15

As spring comes to Akihabara, Shiroe decides to send Minori, Touya, Isuzu, Rundelhaus, and Serara on a quest to get the magic bag, a convenient and critical item for high-level adventurers. The 5 excitedly put together their things and get ready to go on a journey.

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I Got Dumped…
75 votes

#16 - I Got Dumped…

Fruits Basket (2019) - Season 2 - Episode 4

The students in class 2-D plan for their upcoming school trip. Meanwhile, Hatsuharu goes on a rampage, but nobody knows why.

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Too Late
55 votes

#17 - Too Late

Grand Blue Dreaming - Season 1 - Episode 5

Iori and Kohei attend class in their underwear like normal, but everyone glares at them with a bloodthirsty look in their eyes! It's because they heard that Iori and Chisa are dating! Sensing their lives are in danger, Iori and Kohei offer to setup a mixer. They ask Azusa to introduce her friends, but she brings Aina Yoshiwara, the "Cakey" girl from the Izu Spring Festival!

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Emotional Maelstrom
188 votes

#18 - Emotional Maelstrom

The Seven Deadly Sins - Season 3 - Episode 5

Elizabeth attempts to save Derieri and Monspeet from their Indura transformation. Defying Ludociel, Sariel and Tarmiel go to her aid.

An Angry Hakufu and a School Wide Counterattack
207 votes

#19 - An Angry Hakufu and a School Wide Counterattack

Ikki Tousen - Season 1 - Episode 5

The Great Fighter's Tournament is approaching quickly. Totaku, the previous victor, is hoping that the other schools will eliminate each other, leaving him to do battle with the sole, under-strengthed school left in the tournament (other than his own), and in order for ends to meet, he has rigged the draw for the tournament. Hakufu goes on a rampage to avenge Taishiji, but is defeated, until the spirit awakens within her once again...

Men's Cocktails
47 votes

#20 - Men's Cocktails

Grand Blue Dreaming - Season 1 - Episode 8

The members of the diving team start working part-time jobs to pay for their trip to Okinawa. However, Iori and Kohei end up spending all their earnings on drinking. Meanwhile, Kotobuki is working hard as a bartender, and his boss lets Iori and Kohei try it out too. However, these two idiots don't know how to make cocktails, and end up creating some dangerous new drinks!

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When you go back to the starter town with the full party, new stuff tends to happen
37 votes

#21 - When you go back to the starter town with the full party, new stuff tends to happen

Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki - Season 1 - Episode 9

Tomozaki rehearses with Hinami to prepare for his movie date with Kikuchi and is invited to an overnight barbecue with his popular normie classmates.

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Training Camp Begins!
27 votes

#22 - Training Camp Begins!

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 14

Sawamura continues to train hard, but when Chris notices he is overworking, he has Miyuki pul lhim into the indoor training facility for some pickoff training and leg positioning training so he won't get hurt. Furuya is reminded he must trim his nails and is also forced to start pickoff training. Furuya tells Miyuki he has a twisted personality. Tanba watches his rivals and vows not to give the ace number to anyone else. As hell week begins Tanba and Kawakami are sent to the bullpen while Sawamura and Furuya are forced to work on fielding practice and base coverage scenarios. Once their coverage scenarios are done they are sent out for outfield catching. In the bullpen Tanba works on a secret pitch with Miyauchi. When the 100 yard sprints start and the night workouts increase, Sawamura realizes him and his fellow first years haven't prepared for anything like this.

Precision Machine
27 votes

#23 - Precision Machine

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 24

The match between Seido and Puplic Murata East ends with Seido getting another called game, 10-0 after 5 innings. Seido sticks around to watch the next game and sees Akikawa Academy's Shunshin Yeung and his clockwork control. Yeung pitches mostly to the outside corners, and his rotation of the spots makes it hard for batters to predict where it will be. Seido begins planning immediately to combat it. Scouts and magazine writers head to Seido to watch Furuya pitch. However Miyuki realizes Furuya's body isn't used to Tokyo's heat after coming down from Hakkiado and limits him to 10 pitches. Everyone that sticks around gets to watch Sawamura work o nhis inside control with Kanmemaru in the batting circle. The next day the reporters head to Akikawa where they are shocked to see Yeung is th epitcher for the practice sessions. They also see the pitching machine turned up full throttle so Akikawa's players can get used to seeing the speed with their eyes, even if they can't hit it.

Let's Go to the Hot Springs
65 votes

#24 - Let's Go to the Hot Springs

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter - Season 1 - Episode 10

The day for the Hero Academy tradition, their trip to the hot springs, has finally arrived! The monsters they face on the way to the hot springs are tough, but the boys in the class who can't control their lust are a far bigger threat. What should Noir do to protect Emma and the other girls?

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Two Loves Start Swirling
49 votes

#25 - Two Loves Start Swirling

Honey and Clover - Season 1 - Episode 2

Morita's motive for his terrible treatment on Hagumi is revealed in his website, and the stressed out Hagumi is enraged by what but he did. However, Morita soon repays her for her troubles.

10 votes

#26 - Inquiry

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These - Season 3 - Episode 8

A sudden recall order from the central government of the Free Planets Alliance forces Yang to head for the capital planet Heinessen. Yang assigns the command of the Iserlohn Fortress to Caselnes and von Schönkopf, and departs aboard the cruiser Leda II with minimal personnel, including his second-in-command Frederica and his guard, Machungo.

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Why Can’t I Tell Her?
43 votes

#27 - Why Can’t I Tell Her?

Honey and Clover - Season 1 - Episode 9

Everyone is working late preparing their exhibits for the school festival including Hagumi, who has trouble with her wax work. She later finds a white broach that someone had made for her. The broach is quite similar to the one she had doodled on her notebook. Hagumi also gets a job to help Yamada sell Christmas goodies at her family store but they have to compete with a new supermarket that has opened nearby.

The Moon Is Calling Her
37 votes

#28 - The Moon Is Calling Her

Honey and Clover - Season 1 - Episode 16

The firm Mayama was about to be apart. For some intentional purpose, his boss put him into the group of people who have to leave Tokyo to another place. At the same time, Rika-san's assistant was is hospital and she hasn't been able to find a replacement. Hence, Mayama decided to leave the firm and came back to work for Rika-san, without much of asking for her permission. Yamada acknowledged about this through Nomiya (Mayama's boss) and she was really depressed after that. After that, she was proposed by four guys from the shopping arcane (they were friends since small) but she ran away. Hanamoto-sensei later on explained for her that the situation of her and Mayama was similar and in that case (loving someone who doesn't love you), people could just choose either "make some effort or give it up" and advised her to tell those guys her true feelings. After Yamada left, Hanamoto-sensei's thinking revealed that there is a third choice, but he would never speak it out.

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